2020 Is Half Over … Now What?

2020 Is Half Over … Now What?

Let’s take stock. Not in a vague “omg 2020 was totes the worst!!!1!” way. In a methodical, forward-looking way.

So far this year, we’ve had:

  • Australia go up in flames
  • A near-war with Iran
  • A presidential impeachment trial
  • Brexit finally happened
  • A vote-counting debacle in the IA primary
  • A global pandemic
  • Widespread closures and cancellations
  • 17 straight weeks of record-breaking unemployment applications
  • Millions of children trying to learn at home while their parents try to work from home
  • Widespread protests against wearing a mask (?!?)
  • Widespread protests against police brutality
  • Leaving the WHO and trying to shut down Obamacare (great timing)
  • 140,000 dead (that we know of)
  • 3.6 million infected (that we know of)
  • 30 million unemployed (at least)

What do we get to look forward to in the rest of 2020?

  • More record-breaking heat waves
  • More ups and downs in COVID infection rates, since we’re too impatient to do what it takes to stamp this out for good
  • More openings and closings, as COVID rates fluctuate
  • More unemployment and stock market instability, as openings and closings lead to more hirings and firings
  • More culture wars and playing politics with people’s lives and livelihoods
  • What will undoubtedly be the nastiest presidential election of our lifetimes (yes, even worse than four years ago)
  • Widespread uncertainty about how many of us will be able to safely vote in November
  • Maybe even a Constitutional crisis if we’re lucky! And who knows what else!

If there was ever a year to prove our society is broken, 2020 is it

I know it’s been an awful year and it takes all you have just to keep up and take things one day at a time. But we’re reaching a point where our essential political, economic, and social institutions are disintegrating at a dizzying rate.

This isn’t sustainable. We have to start acting now.

I wrote and published this book in 2019, before all the awful events of 2020 started happening. But I knew the direction we were heading wasn’t sustainable. I knew there was going to come a time when the crisis would reach the level it’s reached today.

I did my best to pull together everything I and other sociologists about how to really create positive change in the world, as a starting point for all the work we’re going to need to do this decade to turn things around. If you haven’t already, check it out.